Increasing Hydropower Hits A Bipartisan Sweet Spot

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If a generator were installed at the outlet of Button Rock Dam, it could power 500 homes.

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If a generator were installed at the outlet of Button Rock Dam, it could power 500 homes.

Energy is key issue of conflict and debate in the new Congress. Hydropower is one of the few areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans. Legislative changes have made it easier to develop small-scale hydroelectric projects and both parties find it advantageous. With Senator Lisa Murkowski as the new Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, more changes may be in order. Inside Energy reporter Dan Boyce has been reporting on the potential for common ground on hydro, and this time presents the issue on the PBS Newshour: